Are you worried about the dark circles under your kid’s eyes? If yes then you may read this article to understand the possible causes and treatment options for dark circles under eyes in children.
Dark circles refer to discoloration or appearance of pigmentation under the eyes or all over the eye socket. The technical term for under-eye dark circles is periorbital hyperchromia .
Causes Of Dark Circles Under Kid’s Eyes:
Kids can get dark circles due to a number of reasons .
- Nasal congestion
- Excessive sun exposure
- Iron deficiency
- Irregular skin pigments
- Contact dermatitis – a type of rash that causes red and itchy skin .
- Neuroblastoma – a type of cancer that can occur from nerve cells not fully developed. It mostly affects kids under the age of five. One of the symptoms of neuroblastoma is dark circles under the eyes .
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How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes?
Dark circles under your child’s eyes may not be a cause of any serious concern. But in some instances, appearance of dark circles can point to an underlying health/lifestyle issue that may require medical attention or lifestyle intervention.
You can get rid of bags or dark circles around eyes in children by eliminating the cause. Though you can’t do much about your kid’s dark circles if it is due to genetic factors .
Allergy is the immune system’s reaction to a foreign substance. It can be a food, medicine, pollen and any other foreign substance. If you have identified allergy as the cause for your child’s under-eye dark circles, treating it may help you get rid of the problem. Consult a doctor for proper treatment .
- Seasonal allergies like hay fever (allergic rhinitis) can cause stuffy nose and itchy eyes. If your child’s eyes itch constantly, he may rub it as a result. This may make the under-eye area appear darker. Your child’s doctor may prescribe him antihistamines (drug for hay fever) if needed. Keep your house clean from pollen, dust and mold, which are allergens that cause hay fever .
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is quite common in younger kids. If your child frequently suffers from eczema, his eyes may become itchy. Frequent rubbing of the eyes can cause dark circles. Your child’s doctor may prescribe him corticosteroid-based creams to repair the skin. For long-term relief, buy gentle soaps and skin products for your child as perfumes in toiletries can irritate the skin .
- Contact dermatitis can lead to darker under-eye area if the rash affects the facial skin. If your kid’s skin reacts to any cosmetic soap or perfume, it can make his facial skin itchy. Your child may want to constantly rub the area to find relief from the itch. Try to identify the cosmetic offenders in this case. It would also help get rid of the darker under-eye area .
- Your child can also get dark circles due to his food allergies. Some symptoms of food allergies are itchy eyes, rash and hives. If you suspect so, you may want to see a doctor about his food allergies. Common food allergens are wheat, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and eggs. Avoiding the food allergen may provide relief from itchy rashes that can cause dark circles  .
- Does your child suffer from frequent colds/nasal congestion/blocked sinuses? Nasal congestion can be due to allergies or viral infections. When the nose is always stuffy, it can make the blood vessels around your nose and eyes swollen. This makes the under-eye area darker in appearance. Gargling with a warm saline solution, use of saline sprays and steam inhalation may provide some relief from congestion  .
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- Fatigue can give an appearance of tired eyes and also make the under-eye area darker and fluffy. Your kid’s sleep could be disturbed due to health problems/anxiety disorders. Consult a doctor for the treatment of the same. Is your child watching too much television? Is he spending excessive amounts of time on the computer or other gadgets? If yes then cut down his screen time so that he can get adequate rest .
- Some kids are born with uneven pigmentation on their skin or get them later in life. Pigmentation can make the under-eye area or the eyelids darker. If the dark circles bother your kid, consult a dermatologist for any ointments/treatments you can use to lighten the pigmentation .
- If your kid spends a lot of time in the sun, his skin can darken due to melanin. You can buy a safe and gentle sunscreen that your kid can use on a daily basis for some sun protection. Also, use of a cap/hat when he is out in the sun can protect his eyes .
- Is your kid’s diet lacking in iron? Iron deficiency in the body can lead to many health problems. It can cause fatigue and poor circulation and hence dark circles. Include plenty of iron-rich foods like beans, lentils, leafy greens, fish and chicken in your kid’s diets  .
- Lack of water can make the skin appear haggard. A tired appearance can make even lighter under-eye shadows to appear darker. Insufficient water intake also leads to fatigue. If your kid is sick with cold or diarrhea, increase his water intake. Make sure your child hydrates well .
- Is your child under some stress? It could be an issue at school or with neighborhood kids. Stress can lead to sleepless nights, fatigue and loss of appetite. Your child could be a victim of bullying. He could be struggling with his school lessons. Does he have poor self-esteem? If he is eating and sleeping poorly due to stress then fatigue and poor diet can cause dark circles under his eyes. Investigate the matter and help your child feel stress free  .
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Natural Remedies For Dark Circles In Kids:
Natural remedies such as use of cold compress are only temporary fixes for under-eye dark circles.
Cold spoons on eyelids may provide some relief .
These days it is not uncommon to see kids with under eye dark circles. Help prevent them with their proper health and lifestyle management.
Do your kids have under-eye dark circles? If yes, then which remedy works the best for your kid. If you any more treatments or remedies, please share with us in the comment section below.
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